Age Range: 10 and up, adult and child teams, and adults welcome too!
Description: Build your very own human powered, strandbeest scooter! Learn about geometry and human powered machine movement while building your very own kinetic sculpture inspired by Theodorus Gerardus Jozef “Theo” Jansen a Dutch artist. In 1990, he began building large mechanisms out of PVC that are able to move on their own and, collectively, are entitled, Strandbeest. The kinetic sculptures appear to walk. His animated works are intended to be a fusion of art and engineering. He has said that “The walls between art and engineering exist only in our minds.” He strives to equip his creations with their own artificial intelligence, so they may avoid obstacles such as the sea, by changing course when detected. What will your strandbeest do?
Come see a demo of a working strandbeest at the Gadgeteers Club Maker Faire Exhibit, Saturday, April 28th 4-8pm
What’s Provided?: Materials, assistance with process, instructions and guidance will be provided.
Important to Know: Campers are responsible for the outcome of their own personal strandbeest scooter. Adults leading the camp will not build it for the camper. Campers may not finish their strandbeest if they don’t focus and dedicate to the project build process.
Camper will learn how to use and work with saws, drills, wrenches, screwdrivers, sandpaper and paint.
Instructor: Lloyd McCracken
Date & Time: The days we’ll work on the strandbeest together will be determined by the people who want to do this project this summer. We could meet daily in the afternoons for a week or spread the 3-hour sessions across a couple weeks. Please let us know when you register what week(s) this summer work best for you and your kids.
Cost: RSVP: $50.00 deposit with an estimated $200 for materials to be paid before the scheduled workshop dates.